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Dr. Michael Goodman completed a Masters and Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas, School of Public Health in 2014.
His dissertation evaluated multiple outcomes associated with participation in an orphan empowerment program in Kenya. His research interests focus on increasing research to inform community-based interventions improving livelihoods, food and nutrition, sexual risk, WASH-sector activities, school completion and literacy, and mental health outcomes of orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa.
He is a co-founder and board member of the Houston Global Health Collaborative. He has been a board member of Logos Communities since 2008. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and understands his professional efforts as an application of Christ’s call to form the world such that it is a welcoming home for all of God’s children.
He has worked previously as a director of student ministry at the University of Texas Medical Branch and continues to mentor students there. The greatest joys in his life are his wife, Lauren Raimer-Goodman, and his two children, Lilly and Jude.
Krystol Wheeler is the director of strategic initiatives for the Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF), a role she began this year after spending 12 years as director of communications for Heartspring Methodist Foundation. She has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Organizational Communication from the University of Houston.
In 2016 she became certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Krystol has been a member of the marketing committee for Communities in Schools – Houston for 8 years, and recently joined the Sodzo board with plans to serve in a communications role.
Sarah Seidel is a former Jesuit Volunteer and Catholic Worker working with the homeless in Orange County, California as well as a GED teacher to adult students in Austin, Texas.
Fully committed to social justice work but desiring to link direct service with research and community level projects, she returned to school to study public health. She graduated with a DrPH in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science from the UT School of Public Health in May 2016.
She is currenlty a Research Anaylst in the Office of the Medical Director at the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department. She has worked as a Project Coordinator on a Community Transformation Grant to increase healthy food access and physical activity opportunities in underserved Austin communities and supported Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya in community health projects to evaluate their orphan empowerment program and conduct formative research around local children living on the street and the opening of a rescue center.
Her dissertation research explored community perceptions surrounding why children leave home for the streets and attitudes towards fostering and adoption of street-involved children and youth, as well as the adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes of youth currently living on the streets of Meru County, Kenya.
She enjoys gardening, reading, backpacking with her husband Graham and working on her second novel.
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Ed Clark was born and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He received a Civil Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He worked as a design engineer for Exxon in Houston prior to moving to Memphis, where he had a 28-year career at FedEx before retiring in 2009.
At FedEx Express, Clark served in several roles in Finance and Operations, including Vice President – Finance, Asia-Pacific (based in Hong Kong); Vice-President – Corporate Financial Planning; and Sr Vice-President, Operations Support and Engineering. For the final 10 years of his career, he served as President and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks, a subsidiary which performs customs clearance, international freight forwarding, and trade consulting services.
Clark serves on the Board and as Missions Committee chair at Germantown United Methodist Church; serves on the Board and is the past chair of the Vanderbilt Engineering School Board of Visitors; and serves on the Board and is Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.
He and wife Sue just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Matt Walton serves as Minister for Discipleship at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Matt attended East Texas Baptist University, where he received a B.A. in Speech Communications. As well, Matt attended Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry, concentrating on discipleship strategies and life-long conversion in the transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Matt has served in Texas Baptist churches for twenty years. Prior to joining the South Main staff Matt served for eleven years at Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas as Associate Pastor of Missions and Spiritual Formation.
Additionally, Matt has a heart for connecting the church to God’s mission around the globe. Matt currently serves as the chaplain for SODZO, and serves on the board for Water for All International (WFA). WFA seeks to empower poor, rural families to solve basic food, water, and income problems with their own resources, celebrate life, and share God’s goodness through the good news of Jesus.
Matt loves helping others discover how their stories are caught up into the grand narrative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He also loves hiking or riding bikes with his wife and two children, reading, and Chicago Cubs baseball.
Aaron Godoy is a technology professional committed to serving communities in need locally and abroad. Aaron was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied clinical and community nutrition. He is currently a principal consultant at Yes&, a nonprofit and public health technology consulting firm.
Aaron is deeply interested in solutions that address the pervasive inequity in the developing world as a form of answering Christ’s call to charity and love towards others.
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